Calm prevails as Americans try silly psychological warfare tricks.
In contrast to previous days, the situation in and around al-Fallujah on Friday was extremely peaceful, Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 11:55pm Friday night Mecca time.
All places in the city were calm. No firefights or aerial attacks were reported. At 11am local time Friday, the US forces released an appeal to the Resistance fighters in the southern half of al-Fallujah, broadcast via a large microphone which said: “To all the gunmen holed up in the south of the city, we advise you to give yourselves up. You will be treated well. We guarantee you will receive a just trial according to Iraqi law and with no bloodshed.”
Resistance fighters paid no attention to the American call, other than to respond with a declaration of their own, broadcast from the loudspeakers on some of the city’s mosques. The Resistance statement said:
“Peace be upon whoever follows guidance. To the occupation forces, offspring of apes and pigs, we advise you to give yourselves up. We have not crossed the ocean. We have not murdered anyone, and we didn’t start this. Therefore, if you give yourselves up, your punishment will be death. And if you do not give yourselves up your punishment will also be death. You can take your appeal and stuff it in your pockets because we are not going to die the way the stooges died.”
Commenting on the American appeal, Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi said:
“After God granted that the fighters repulse two violent attacks by the American forces – attacks that some military commanders said were of the strength of that launched against the capital Baghdad at the start of the war – and after we have broken our enemy in al-Fallujah, the American forces are now taking up this Zionist method to try to convince the fighters to surrender, after they despaired of getting them to surrender by force. This is the greatest proof that they have been broken militarily.”
In addition to issuing its silly appeal, the Americans gave the Resistance a period of three hours in which to “consider” their response to the “offer.” The Resistance response to that deadline was to fire thirty-two 60mm mortar rounds at the American troop concentrations north of al-Fallujah and northeast in the agricultural area. The Resistance also fired fifty-four 82mm and 120mm mortar rounds at US troop concentrations to the east of the city.
Also during that three-hour period, a young Syrian named Abu Musharraf as-Suri carried out a martyrdom guerrilla operation. He put on an explosive belt and headed towards the US forces raising a white rag in his hands. Three Marines met him at the restaurants in the al-Jumhuriyah neighborhood. When Abu Musharraf was two meters from the three Marines, he blew himself up, killing the Americans instantly.
Resistance seizes great quantities of US weapons after crushing Thursday’s US assault on al-Fallujah.
The official spokesman for the Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah, Shaykh Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi told Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah that the Resistance seized a very huge amount of US equipment abandoned by US forces after their attack on the city collapsed on Thursday.
Ad-Dulaymi told Mafkarat al-Islam that Resistance forces captured 181 light, medium, and heavy machineguns. Pumpaction weapons, considered among the most important in modern fighting were among the arms seized from the Americans.
The Resistance also took possession of 194 body shields, stripped from Americans killed in the fighting. Some of the body armor had been pierced through by the bullets of the Resistance fighters.
Also captured were 61 scopes, as well as compasses, spears and knives, as well as money found by the Resistance fighters in the pockets of the dead Americans.
Ad-Dulaymi said that the Resistance had seized 63 Abrams tanks and Bradely armored vehicles, as well as 50 other various vehicles, including Humvees and troop transports. The Resistance also shot down one US Black Hawk helicopter in an-Nu‘aymiyah, south of al-Fallujah.
As to the losses suffered by the Resistance, 21 Resistance fighters died as martyrs and 42 others were injured. Three Resistance rocket launchers, four 120mm mortars and one 82mm mortar were destroyed.
The al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that local eyewitnesses said that one of the Resistance commanders said that Friday also was a “great day.” “Yesterday we were more concentrated,” he said, “and the number of dead Americans yesterday might be more than the number killed day before yesterday [Wednesday], or if not then they were not much less.”
On an earlier occasion, Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi had said that 500 Americans had died in the fighting on Wednesday.